Investing £1k today? I’d buy these 2 UK growth stocks for my ISA!

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. Thomas has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Redrow. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Thomas Carr Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Thomas Carr | Tuesday, 11th February, 2020 | More on: RDW SIS I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Just like its international counterparts, the UK stock market has been volatile of late. After falling 5% in less than two weeks on the back of coronavirus fears, the FTSE 100 has largely recovered its losses, and is now down by less than 2% since the start of the year.After this recovery, I’m finding it harder to identify stocks that are attractively valued. However, I think these two stocks are exceptions with their appeal shining through any volatility clouds.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Sports and WellbeingScience in Sport (LSE: SIS) develops and sells premium sports nutrition products to professional athletes, sports enthusiasts and gym-goers. The takeover of the PhD protein brand at the end of 2018 has transformed the company, effectively doubling its size.Full-year revenue for 2019 is expected to come in at around £50m, up from £21m the year before, pre-acquisition. But even before the takeover, SiS’s sales growth was on a steep trajectory, rising from just £6m in 2014.The combination brings together Science in Sports’ energy, hydration and endurance products, with PhD’s protein bars, drinks and powders. PhD’s brands now give the enlarged group access to a much bigger and faster-growing market that is not restricted to elite athletes and sports teams.Both brands registered strong growth of close to 25% last year, with e-commerce sales up 34%. The group aims to achieve synergies by combining distribution and sales teams, and by taking advantage of established sales channels.2019 also saw the management team strengthened, through the hiring of a number a highly experienced executives, that have worked for the likes of ASOS, The Hut Group and Heineken.Management is now looking further afield for growth. International sales rose 44% last year, with the PhD brand launching in Saudi Arabia, and the SiS brand entering Brazil.Now for the bad news. The group has not yet actually made a profit, and is set to make a small loss for last year. But I think that is about to change. I would be very surprised if the group didn’t report a profit in 2020, and I believe that these shares could potentially double in value.At present, the company is valued at £57m, which is only narrowly above its net asset value of £47m. I think that even a small profit would prompt a quick re-rating of the share price, and that is exactly what I expect to happen.Residential HousingAnother company that has grabbed my attention is Redrow (LSE: RDW). The housebuilder trades at just eight times last year’s earnings, and looks cheap compared to its peers.After tax-profits have grown by an average of 19% in each of the last four years, while revenues have almost doubled over the same period, to £2.1bn last year.The fist half of the year saw Redrow achieve an impressive ROCE (return on capital employed) of 25%. The group also registered an 18% increase in private reservations, which is all the more impressive considering the unfavourable backdrop of Brexit and a general election.This year’s sales are forecast to be heavily weighted towards the second half of the year. Given the strong order book and sales resilience in the first half of the year, I expect Redrow to report higher profits, both this year and beyond.A dividend yield of 4%, and a chronic shortage of new housing, only strengthen my conviction. Investing £1k today? I’d buy these 2 UK growth stocks for my ISA! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

Apopka hosts fun family activities at Northwest Recreation Complex this weekend

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! TAGSNorthwest Recreation ComplexWeekend Previous articleJacobs: “The State of Orange County is strong, resilient, unified”Next articleCookies and milk with a cop coming Saturday Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From the City of ApopkaBring the family out for a variety of great events in Apopka this Easter weekend.The fun begins with Family Movie Night at 8 p.m. tonight at the Apopka Amphitheater – part of the Northwest Recreation Complex at 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway. The feature is the musical animated movie “Sing” from Illumination Entertainment, which also created the movies “Despicable Me” and “Minions.” Admission is free and food concessions will be available.Apopka will host the Rabbit Run 5K race beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. Runners will follow a course around the Northwest Recreation Complex. Runners step off at 7:30 a.m.Pre-registration is $25 and $10 for ages 11-17. Race day registration is $30. The first 100 registered participants will get a Rabbit Run T-shirt. A free kids bunny hop race will follow the 5K run.The free Easter Eggstravaganza – one of Apopka’s most anticipated annual events – will offer kids an Easter egg hunt with thousands of eggs and lots of prizes beginning at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the Northwest Recreation Complex. Take photos with the Easter Bunny. Face painting for kids will be available.The 2017 Public Safety Day is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Northwest Recreation Complex. See displays and vehicles from Apopka’s police and fire departments. Demonstrations will include the police canine and SWAT divisions as well as firefighters with a vehicle extrication. Medical helicopters will be displayed by Florida Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center.The free Public Safety Day also will include the Guns ‘n Hoses athletic competition between police officers and firefighters. Teams will compete in three events – the tire flip, police car pull, and the rescue mannequin carry. Kids versions of the competitions also are planned.Dubsdread Catering will host an Easter Brunch Buffet on Sunday at beautiful Highland Manor on U.S. Highway 441 in Apopka. The meal will include prime rib, lamb, ham, smoked salmon, desserts and more. Cost is $44.95 for adults and $14.95 for children 10 and younger. For reservations, call (407) 650-0100. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Mayor of London Boris Johnson ploughs through a 10-year-old Japanese child

first_imgThursday Oct 15, 2015 Mayor of London Boris Johnson ploughs through a 10-year-old Japanese child A Brief History of Boris Johnson: SportsmanWatch Boris Johnson rugby tackle a child to the ground in Japan – and keep watching for some of his other sporting faux pas http://bit.ly/1PiCjOEPosted by Sky News on Thursday, October 15, 2015Boris Johnson has hit the headlines again as he clearly got a little too involved in the hype of the Rugby World Cup, and ran over a 10-year-old Japanese schoolboy. The big carry took place during a game of street rugby in Tokyo, where Johnson is for trade relations.Toki Sekiguchi had no idea that Johnson was in it to win it, but bravely stood in front of the Mayor, who had just scored a try but then took a pass out wide and went all Tuilagi on the poor kid.“I felt a little bit of pain but it’s OK,” said Toki, as reported by Sky News.Johnson told the story later at a British and American chambers of commerce event.“We have just played a game of street rugby with a bunch of kids and I accidentally flattened a 10-year-old, on TV unfortunately. But, he bounced back, he put it behind him, the smile returned rapidly to his face.”It’s not the first time clumsy Johnson has taken things a little too far, as can be seen in the video above, and then below when he famously ‘rugby tackled’ a footballer during a legends match.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Charity begins at home with launch of Inspiring Local Philanthropy report

first_img A new report by Coutts & Co, entitled ‘Inspiring Local Philanthropy’ has been released today providing a practical guide for people who want to make a difference by supporting the communities that matter to them. Research by Coutts reveals that four in five (79%) philanthropists support local charities.Produced in association with New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and Community Foundation Network, the report highlights various ways in which philanthropists can support local communities from volunteering to funding local charities through grants or social investment, cofunding with other philanthropists, or establishing an operating charity or social enterprise.Maya Prabhu, Head of UK Philanthropy at Coutts says: “Local community activity and philanthropy is driven by people’s passions, interests, enthusiasms or indeed by their frustrations or aspirations for local communities. Without charitable giving or social investment, many local organisations would not be able to achieve their goals. Our new guide illustrates the practical steps and considerations people can take as they embark on their philanthropic journey. It also acts as a source of inspiration to those who want to make a real difference to the communities that matter to them.”As well as being a practical guide, the report also aims to inspire through stories from individuals such as Andrew Wates (Wates Group) and Ian Gregg (Greggs plc), who share their personal experiences of how they have supported the communities they care about. They show that there are many opportunities for people to engage with their local area, and the rewards can be significant. When giving is done thoughtfully, even small sums of money can make a big impact and bring about real community transformation on a social, environmental or economic level.According to ‘Secret Millionaire’ Marcelle Speller OBE, the founder of Localgiving.com and previously Holiday-Rentals.com: “I am inspired by small local charities as they are the glue that hold communities together. Local philanthropy gives me a sense of community, of belonging, and it recharges me. You can see you are giving effectively and the power of this report is that it captures the diversity of community life around us in the UK.” The report gives advice and ./guidance, including how to identify the challenges and opportunities that could benefit from philanthropy, and understanding the options on how to get involved. It also illustrates how donors can deepen their understanding of the key issues in their local area, giving snapshots of five UK regions, including key statistics and an assessment of funding gaps.The report is available to download from the Insights section atwww.coutts.com/philanthropy– ends –For further information please contact: Siobhan Griffiths, Coutts & Co. Tel: 0207 957 2650 or email: [email protected] to EditorsCoutts & Co· Research showing that 79% support local charities was undertaken in April 2009 amongst 102 Coutts clients attending a Philanthropy Forum.· Coutts & Co has a strong history of local philanthropy. In the 19th century the grand-daughter of Thomas Coutts, Angela Burdett-Coutts who inherited a large share of Coutts & Co, supported the building of homes and the supply of fresh drinking water to deprived parts of London.· Coutts & Co is the UK private banking arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland. The Royal Bank of Scotland Group is one of the world’s largest banking groups.· The first Coutts & Co regional office to be opened was Eton in 1961. Today, Coutts & Co has regional offices in Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Eton, Exeter, Guildford, Hampshire, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Sheffield and Tunbridge Wells.· Coutts & Co offers clients a range of products and services covering sophisticated investment products together with expertise in trust and fiduciary services and UK tax and banking services. Coutts commercial banking arm also provides full banking service to UK businesses.www.coutts.comNew Philanthropy Capital (NPC)New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) is a charity think tank and consultancy dedicated to helping funders and charities to achieve a greater impact. We provide independent research, tools and advice for charities and funders in the UK and internationally. We have an ambitious vision: to create a world inwhich charities and their funders are as effective as possible in changing people’s lives and in tackling social problems. For charities, this means measuring the results of their work and using evidence to learn and improve, as well as to attract support. For funders, it means using evidence of charities’results to make funding decisions and to measure their own impact. For further information, seewww.philanthropycapital.org. Howard Lake | 4 October 2011 | News Tagged with: Community fundraising Giving/Philanthropy New Philanthropy Capital Research / statistics Advertisement Charity begins at home with launch of Inspiring Local Philanthropy reportcenter_img  45 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Trial of man accused of dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men set…

first_img WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Trial of man accused of dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men set for February The trial of a man accused of dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men has been fixed for February 4 at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Judge John O’Hagan was told today(Tues)at Donegal Circuit Court that the trial of Shaun Kelly will take about a week.Kelly, aged 24, of Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana, Co Donegal, faces one charge of dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men at in a collision at Meenaduff between Clonmany and Buncrana on the Inishowen peninsula on 11 July 2010.The men who died in the crash were Hugh Friel, 66; Mark McLaughlin, 21; Paul Doherty, 19; Ciaran Sweeney, 19; PJ McLaughlin, 21; James McEleney, 23; Eamon McDaid, 22; and Damien McLaughlin, 21.The accused man remains remanded on bail.February 4 has been fixed as the trial starting date in Letterkenny. LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Facebook WhatsApp Facebook News Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH center_img Pinterest Twitter Google+ Twitter Previous articleShots fired in Derry armed robberyNext articleYoung woman ‘lucky to be alive’ after having her drink spiked in Strabane News Highland Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also By News Highland – December 17, 2013 Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

UP Bar Council VS BCI- “Have Power To Give Directions To State Bar Councils Under Advocates Act”: BCI Tells Delhi High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesUP Bar Council VS BCI- “Have Power To Give Directions To State Bar Councils Under Advocates Act”: BCI Tells Delhi High Court Akshita Saxena5 March 2021 2:40 AMShare This – xThe Chairman of the Bar Council of India, Manan Mishra, has informed the Delhi High Court that the Circulars dated 19th January, 2021 and 2nd February, 2021 for appointment of Committees to look after the activities of the Bar Council of UP have been issued in exercise of its powers under the Advocates Act. Mishra told a Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M. Singh that the BCI has power…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Chairman of the Bar Council of India, Manan Mishra, has informed the Delhi High Court that the Circulars dated 19th January, 2021 and 2nd February, 2021 for appointment of Committees to look after the activities of the Bar Council of UP have been issued in exercise of its powers under the Advocates Act. Mishra told a Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M. Singh that the BCI has power to give directions to the State Bar Council under Section 48B of the Advocates Act, 1961, and accordingly the impugned direction has been given.The provision states: For the proper and efficient discharge of the functions of a State Bar Council or any Committee thereof, the Bar Council of India may, in the exercise of its powers of general supervision and control, give such directions to the State Bar Council or any committee thereof as may appear to it to be necessary, and the State Bar Council or the committee shall comply with such directions. He further undertook before the Court that the BCI will conduct a meeting with the representatives of the State Bar Council and attempt to amicably resolve the matter. Taking this submission on record, the Single Judge said that a report of the outcome of the meeting should be placed before it. The order stated, “The grievance of the Petitioner is that they were not afforded a hearing as also that the BCI ought not to be permitted to interfere in the day to day working of the State Bar Councils. Mr. Mishra submits that the BCI would meet with both factions of the State Bar Council and attempt to amicably resolve the matter. The meeting with the BCI shall accordingly take place on 15th March, 2021. On the said date, all the respective groups may be represented and an attempt shall be made to sort out the disputes between the different factions of the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh. Let the said meeting be held in the premises of BCI, Delhi. Intimation about the meeting shall be given by the BCI to all the stakeholders concerned and the time shall also be fixed.” The matter is fixed for consideration on April 9. Background On receipt of a complaint against the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council, the BCI issued two Circulars dated 19th January, 2021 and 2nd February, 2021 for appointment of a nine-member Committee to look after its activities and a three-member Committee for conducting its elections, respectively. Opposing the same, the UP Bar Council submitted that vide the impugned circulars, the State Bar Council has, in effect, been superseded by the BCI and its bank accounts are put under the control of the three-member election committee. Its main grievance is that the order was passed without affording an opportunity of hearing. The High Court had issued notice on the petition last month. The BCI Chairman has assured that the matter shall be settled amicably after hearing both factions of the State Bar Council.Advocates Swetashwa Aggarwal, Rajiv Bajaj, Saurab Soni, Mannat Singh, Shishir Prakash and Karuna Krishan Thareja appeared for Bar Council of UP. Senior Advocate Manan Mishra with Advocate Preet Pal Singh for BCI. Case Title: Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh & Anr. v. Bar Council of India & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Centre Extends Validity Of Driving Licences & Other Permits Till June 30

first_imgNews UpdatesCentre Extends Validity Of Driving Licences & Other Permits Till June 30 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK26 March 2021 9:36 AMShare This – xThe Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the validity of documents like driving licenses, registrations and other permits under the Motor Vehicle laws, that expired since February 1, 2020. In an advisory to all states and Union Territories, the Ministry has asked them to treat such documents as valid till June 30, 2021. The Ministry added that all such documents that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the validity of documents like driving licenses, registrations and other permits under the Motor Vehicle laws, that expired since February 1, 2020. In an advisory to all states and Union Territories, the Ministry has asked them to treat such documents as valid till June 30, 2021. The Ministry added that all such documents that are due to expire by June 30, 2020, shall be deemed valid till the said date. The documents include Fitness certificates, Permit (all types), Driving License, Registration or any other document under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. The decision has been taken in consideration of the “grim situation” continuing due to conditions for prevention of spread of COVID-19 across the country. An advisory issued in this behalf by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways states, ” Taking into consideration the grim situation still continuing due to conditions for prevention of spread of COVID-19 across the country, it is advised that the validity of all of the above referred documents whose extension of validity could not be, or was not likely to be, granted due to lock-down and/or COVID -19 and which had expired since 1st of Feb, 2020 or would expire by 30th June 2021, the same may be treated to be valid till 30th June, 2021. Enforcement authorities are advised to treat such documents valid till 30th June 2021. This will help out citizens in availing transport related services. It may be the last advisory in this regard.” The Government has asked all the states and UTs to implement the advisory in letter and spirit, so that citizens, transporters, and other organizations which are operating under this difficult time are not harassed unnecessarily. The Ministry had earlier issued advisories on 30th March, 9th June, 24th August and 27th December, 2020 regarding extension of validity of the said documents till March 31, 2021. Read Advisory Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

9 new cases of COVID-19 in North

first_img 9 new cases of COVID-19 in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleAll driving tests suspended until March 29thNext articleCouncil’s COVID-19 Crisis Management Team continuing to meet daily News Highland By News Highland – March 13, 2020 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Facebook Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme 9 new cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in Northern Ireland today.That brings it to a total of 29 in the North and 99 on the whole island of Ireland.A total of 321 tests have been completed in Northern Ireland, in cases where people met the case definition for suspected coronavirus. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Take to the stand

first_img Previous Article Next Article Take to the standOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today With the rise in tribunal hearings, OH expertise is increasingly being calledinto the legal arena. But what lessons can the profession learn from recentdocumented cases?  By Linda Goldman andJoan Lewis Employment tribunals and civil courts are awarding very high levels ofcompensation in cases involving personal injury suffered in the workplace. Theinjury may be psychological, physical or a combination of both. Occupational health staff are involved in assessing capability for work atall stages of the employment process, taking into account any changingcircumstances. Changes in conditions may be personal – for example, illness orpregnancy – or they may relate to changes in the job itself. Many cases oflong-term absence from work require occupational health input to determinefitness for return to work or suitability for early retirement on healthgrounds. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 affects the treatment of employeeswhose health causes absence from work, since employers are required to makereasonable adjustments to allow a disabled person to remain in the workplace. This wide range of matters involving occupational health brings themincreasingly into the courts and tribunals where their opinions on the healthof an employee are critical. Expert approach An expert witness is one who is independent of either party involved inlitigation. The duty of the expert is to the court and their opinion is inrelation to the specific area of their expertise called upon in evidence whichmust not appear to usurp that of the judge. An occupational professional must therefore have very clear and objectivestandards when reporting in-house on the health of an employee, lest aninference be drawn that the professional opinion is partisan. An expert report should not only contain the credentials and expertise ofthe witness but also a sentence to the effect that the witness understands thattheir duty is to the court. Those who instruct the witness to prepare a reportshould not put any constraint on how the report is written – a “warts andall” professional and objective approach is the only one which the expertcan and should offer. Even if the occupational health professional is notinvolved in the litigation process, impartiality is the order of the day in thepreparation of any report. The question of fitness to work is one frequently considered by the courts.In Gogay v Herts County Council, the Court of Appeal considered the effect onan employee’s health of suspension during employment in a case in which medicalopinion was pivotal. More recently, occupational health opinion came under scrutiny in Farnsworthv London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham because the council chose to relyonly on its doctor’s report of a disabled job applicant’s health records as tofitness to work, when the records themselves showed that she was likely to havea good attendance at work. In that case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that the applicant’sconsent to release her health records was to the council and that the doctorwas not bound by confidentiality. Therefore, the doctor could have given moreinformation to the council on which they could base their decision as towhether to employ the applicant. This case appears to question the necessity for confidentiality inconsidering health records. More clearly, the case underlines the view oftribunals that employment decisions are the responsibility of management andcannot be delegated to medical experts. Fair and objective decisions arerequired of employers based on various factors including medical opinion, whereappropriate. Medical evidence was questioned in Abadeh v British Telecommunications,2001, IRLR 23. The EAT held that the tribunal was “over influenced”by BT’s regional medical officer’s opinion so that it adopted her assessmentthat Abadeh’s impairment of tinnitus did not have a substantial effect on hisday-to-day activities. The doctor was entitled to her opinion on the diagnosisof the condition and to report on observations of his condition but thereafterit was a judicial function to determine whether Abadeh was disabled within themeaning of the Disability Discrimination Act. Duty of care Before making health a criteria for employment, employers might consider theabsence levels they tolerate in the existing workforce before making employmentoffers dependent on a satisfactory health assessment. Where such an assessmentis deemed necessary, the candidate should be informed as to how the medicalassessment will take place – by questionnaire, for example, or medical or acombination of the two. In light of the Farnsworth case, the applicant will need to give writtenconsent to the medical being carried out and to whom the content of the reportand material on which it is based may be disclosed. Apart from rights under the Data Protection Act 1998, if the candidate isdissatisfied with a report or recommendation, they may consider litigationdirectly against the occupational health professional who prepared it. It maybe of some comfort, considering the difficulties that doctors have been havingin the cases quoted, that recent case law indicates that the occupationalphysician carrying out a medical examination or tests is doing so for thebenefit of the prospective employer and therefore no duty of care is owed tothe subject of the medical. In Kapfunde v Abbey National and Daniel it was confirmed that for a duty ofcare to arise there has to be a doctor-patient relationship. It is best,therefore, to stick to the professional remit of occupational health andprepare all reports as an expert witness in case that is what occupationalhealth professionals are required to be. A quick glance at what is going on in important employment cases can beobtained from the EAT’s website (www.employmentappeals.gov.uk). A diligentsearch will show where medical evidence has been a feature Linda Goldman is a barrister at 7 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn. She is headof training and education for ACT Associates & Virtual Personnel. JoanLewis is a senior consultant and director of Advisory, Consulting &Training Associates and Virtual Personnel, employment law and advisory serviceconsultancies Case roundupKapfunde v Abbey National andDaniel, 1998, IRLR, 583 CAThe employment medical does not create a patient-doctorrelationship. The doctor should, in effect, be a stranger to the job candidate.In this case the doctor assessed a questionnaire which showed that thecandidate suffered from a chronic debilitating disease. The doctor reportedthat this would result in poor attendance at work during acute exacerbations ofthe disease. There could be a change in the non-therapeutic relationship if thedoctor spots a life-threatening condition and either reports it to the examinee(creating the relationship) or fails to report it when ethical considerationsmight arise. Arguably, the problem could be addressed by writing a confidentialletter to the examinee’s GP.  Lesson Contact professional indemnity insurers to agreea form of wording.     www.facoccmed.ac.ukGogay v Herts County Council, 2000, IRLR 703The council took steps to suspend a social worker, who wasworking under a lot of pressure, to investigate possible impropriety. Thesocial worker was exonerated but complained that the suspension amounted to abreach of her contract and was so stressful as to cause her psychiatric injury.She was successful in her claim for compensation, in which medical evidence wascalled to show the effect of the suspension on her. Lesson Include risk assessments on suspension criteriain high-stress cases.Farnsworth v London Borough ofHammersmith and Fulham, 2000, IRLR 691F consented to the disclosure of her medical records to thecouncil. The occupational physician assessed her as unsuitable for the job forwhich she had applied on the basis of her past medical records. In fact, hermedical condition had improved in recent years and she had not taken time offfrom the voluntary post which she had held for some time prior to applying tothe council. The EAT ruled that the employer’s knowledge of the employee’s disabilitywas irrelevant to whether it treated the employee less favourably for a reasonrelated to her disability. Knowledge or lack of knowledge of an applicant’sdisability is not a necessary ingredient for the purposes of the test ofjustification. The employer’s habit of not making further enquiries of itsoccupational health physician as to the medical history of a candidate were notjustified by misplaced reliance on a duty of confidence when the candidate hadwaived the right to confidentiality. Lesson Be cautious of making job offers beforecompletion of medical assessments.F v London Borough of Camden,2001, IRLR 186The tribunal found that the employer did not discriminateagainst F when they dismissed her as being incapable on the grounds of her disabilityto carry out any job for them. The EAT said that was the wrong approach. Thetribunal failed to consider the extent to which, if at all, certain adjustmentsproposed by F could have overcome the symptoms which were preventing her fromattending work. The case was sent back to another tribunal to consider whetherthere were reasonable adjustments which could be made under section 6 of theDisability Discrimination Act 1995. F had had a series of accidents andillness. The council took advice from a doctor who could not give a realisticdate for her return to work. The medical report only covered one aspect ofchange to her job by saying that, “even if the requirement to do homevisits was removed from her job description” he would be unable to give anopinion on a date for her return to work. The EAT asked “why F wasincapable of carrying out any job at the council for medical reasons?” TheEAT said that the answer could have been that, in consulting with itsoccupational nurse, it did not discuss the extent to which any adjustmentscould help to get F back to work apart from the one item of home visits. Lesson Consider the traditional elements of diagnosisand prognosis in the context of reasonable adjustment recommendations orcomments. 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First of Three Frigates Built for Indian Navy Successfully Passes Last Trials

first_img Share this article View post tag: last View post tag: first View post tag: Frigates Industry news First of three frigates built for Indian Navy has successfully passed the last trials before delivery, reported RIA Novosti on Dec 7 referring to Sergei Mikhailov, press secretary of JSC Yantar Shipyard (Kaliningrad, Russia).“Project 11356 frigate INS Teg has almost completed closing stage of trials. What comes next is acceptance process of the first of three frigates built for Indian Navy”, Mikhailov said.According to him, the ship has to be handed over to India in Apr 2012.The $1.6-bln contract for construction of the second 3-ship batch for Indian Navy was signed on July 14, 2007 in Delhi. Under contract tied in 1997, frigates INS Tabar, INS Trishul, and INS Talwar were built and handed over to Indian Navy.Technically, frigates currently built at Yantar will have minor differences with their predecessors operated by Indian Navy. The changes are related to arms and shipborne equipment. In particular, they will be armed with supersonic cruise missiles BrahMos with flight range up to 300 km.According to RIA Novosti referred to a source in Baltic Fleet, frigate INS Teg and Russian Black Sea Fleet (BSF) submarine Alrosa held a joint exercise this week. The sub launched a torpedo, and the frigate’s crew detected it and sidestepped.Alrosa is a Project 877 diesel electric submarine. Displacement is 2,325/3,076 tons; length is 76.2 meters; beam is 9.9 meters; draft is 6.2 meters; speed (surface/submerged) is 10/17 knots; operating range is 400 miles under water and 6,000 miles with snorkel; test depth is 300 meters; operating depth is 240 meters; crew is 53 including 14 officers. Subs of this project are armed with six 533-mm torpedo tubes (combat load 12 torpedoes) and Igla self-defense antiaircraft missile system.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 09, 2011; Image: pacificsentinel View post tag: trials View post tag: Indian View post tag: successfully View post tag: builtcenter_img December 9, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today First of Three Frigates Built for Indian Navy Successfully Passes Last Trials View post tag: News by topic View post tag: passes View post tag: Naval First of Three Frigates Built for Indian Navy Successfully Passes Last Trials View post tag: three View post tag: Navylast_img read more